Matt Puryear

Boys Lacrosse Coach
Mr. Puryear wears many hats at Father Ryan including English Teacher, Moina (student newspaper) Moderator, Student Council Moderator, Boys’ Lacrosse Coach and Summer School Principal. As the Father Ryan Boys’ Lacrosse Coach Mr. Puryear has led the Irish Lacrosse Team to a new level over his 12 years as the head coach. This past season saw the Irish miss the state Final Four by an overtime goal, continuing the steady progress for the program. His team featured one All-American, two All-State and five All-Region players. Mr. Puryear began his tenure at Father Ryan in 2000 after receiving his Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University in 1999. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College in 1995. A native of Arkansas, Mr. Puryear is member of TN Professional Teacher Licensure and has been honored with a WKRN Teacher of the Week award.